Tourists visit the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. Tourist numbers have plummeted this year with the political turmoil in Egypt. Now, some Islamist politicians are proposing rules that could discourage visitors. Jamal Saidi/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Ramadon Aliah, a 37-year-old Libyan freedom fighter wounded in Misrata, Libya lies in his bed talking with a translator at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, Mass., in November. Of the 22 Libyans who came to Spaulding in late October, 16 are still there and the rest are expected to be discharged by February. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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The Groupama Sailing Team (shown here on Dec. 10 near Cape Town, South Africa) is somewhere out ahead in the "stealth zone." Volvo Ocean Race/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers dig at a mine in Chudja, near Bunia, north eastern Congo. The conflict in the Congo, a nation rich in mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, tin, and cobalt, has often been linked to a struggle for control over its minerals resources. Lionel Healing /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tunisians protest outside the gates to the French Embassy in Tunis. Arab Spring began in Tunisia when a fruit vendor set himself on fire in protest in front of a government building. Fethi Belaid /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Women stand in line to cast their votes in Suez, Egypt, on Wednesday. For months after the revolution, the port city had no government or services. Some voters are turning to the Salafists or the Muslim Brotherhood to bring change. Eman Helal/AP hide caption

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